S. African granny dives with sharks to celebrate 100th birthday

A great-grandmother marked her 100th birthday by swimming with sharks off the South African coast on Monday (March 16). Wearing a full body diving suit, Georgina Haywood climbed into a submerged cage to see the sharks under water. “An experience of a lifetime at the end of my life,” she later said. She carried out the daring feat two days after tandem skydiving in Cape Town. Haywood, who planned a number of activities to celebrate […]

Weak euro is good news for American tourists in Paris

American tourists in Paris said on Monday (March 16) that they were more likely to travel to Europe since the euro’s slide towards parity with the dollar, and that once in Europe they were likely to make more purchases. “You don’t feel like you’re spending quite so much. And it’s almost one to one in a way right now between the U.S. dollar and the euro, so it’s also very easy to convert in your […]

Rare white lion cub born at Brazil zoo

A rare white lion cub has been born in a zoo in southern Brazil, the first for the Latin American nation. Two-month-old female cub Clara is reportedly in good health. She was rejected by her mother shortly after giving birth but zookeepers at Beto Carrero World in Santa Catarina have been feeding the adorable cub every few hours a diet of goats’ milk mixed with essential vitamins. For the time being, Clara is in a […]

Rare eagle flies from top of world’s tallest building

A stunning video captured the moment of a rare imperial eagle flew from the top of the world’s tallest building in Dubai, UAE, directly to its falconer’s arm in a world record attempt on Saturday (March 14). The breathtaking stunt was captured on a camera strapped to Darshan, an imperial eagle. In the video the bird can be seen soaring high above the Dubai skyline, before spotting its trainer, falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers, standing in a […]

Sci-fi fans battle for most dazzling comic book costumes

Thousands of comic book fans got decked out in their best fancy dress in London on Sunday (March 15) for one of the UK’s biggest celebrations of sci-fi culture. The London Super Comic Book convention saw fans donning hugely elaborate costume in homage to their favorite comic, sci-fi and Disney characters. The annual event is now in its fourth year and is the biggest comic themed event in the UK. Fans call the dressing up […]

Butterfly Jungle opens at San Diego Zoo

Thousands of butterflies floated and fluttered around the Hidden Jungle Aviary at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park as children and adults alike marveled at the beautiful winged insects. The attendees were treated to a sneak peek of the Safari Park’s annual springtime event, Butterfly Jungle, which opens Saturday (March 14) and runs through April 12. At Butterfly Jungle, the walk-through Hidden Jungle aviary has been transformed into a temporary home for more than 30 […]

Robert Downey Jr. gives “Iron Man” arm to disabled boy

Robert Downey Jr. helped in making one disabled child’s dream even bigger. The actor met the boy in character as his “Iron Man” alter ego Tony Stark to deliver a bionic prosthetic arm. Seven-year old Alex Pring, who was born with a partially developed arm, seemed a little starstruck meeting Downey, who opened two boxes, one containing an arm from Downey’s own Iron Man suit, and another box with a matching arm for Pring, a […]

NASA confirms ocean on Jupiter moon, raising prospects for life

Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have confirmed that the Jupiter-orbiting moon Ganymede has an ocean beneath its icy surface, raising the prospects for life, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said on Thursday (March 12). Scientists estimate the ocean is 60 miles (100 km) thick, 10 times deeper than Earth’s oceans, and is buried under a 95-mile (150-km) crust of mostly ice. The finding resolves a mystery about the largest moon in the solar system […]

Waning interest is biggest risk in race to overcome Ebola – WHO

Waning interest in Ebola could jeopardize efforts to stamp out the world’s worst recorded outbreak of the disease, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday (March 11). The year-old Ebola outbreak has killed 9,976 people and fears of its spread commanded headlines globally in the second half of last year. “In terms of the risks, the single biggest one probably at this point is the risk that the world stops looking at this disease, stops […]

Apple’s iTunes, App Stores back online after unusually long outage

By Joseph Menn and Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:03pm EDT (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s iTunes and App Store came back online on Wednesday afternoon after an unusually long service disruption that the company blamed on an internal technical error. The rare 12-hour outage began a little before 5:00 am ET, after which users took to Twitter to vent their frustration at being unable to access the popular mobile apps store and […]